Exhibits

  • Shining a Light on the Everyday Lives of Black Americans

    February 26, 2021 to April 1, 2021
    Location: Swem Library Lobby

    In this exhibit, we have centered on more private aspects of the lives of Black Americans based on source materials housed in Special Collections with the hope that it will help challenge ideas of who belongs in an exhibit.

  • Clarence Webb in his grocery store in Williamsburg Triangle Block

    Reframing Race and Capitalism in Virginia's New South

    September 8, 2020 to August 31, 2021
    Location: Marshall Gallery, First Floor Rotunda

    This exhibit analyzes the ways in which changing market and race relations intersected with Virginia families throughout the burgeoning New South, the economic and cultural developments that occurred in the southern United States after the Civil War and Reconstruction period.

  • Russian women marching in detail image of a propaganda poster

    Russian and US Relations in the Twentieth Century

    September 19, 2019 to April 4, 2021
    Location: 3rd Floor Rotunda Gallery

    Through the wide-ranging, eclectic materials of William & Mary Libraries' Special Collection Research Center, this exhibit highlights the era's conflicts and compromises from a firsthand perspective.

  • Text of the William & Mary royal charter

    The Royal Charter is the founding document of the College of William and Mary, issued on 8 February 1693. It gives the purpose of the new College as well as listing the original Board of Visitors.

  • Painting of three students sitting in the Sunken Garden

    The President’s Collection of Art seeks to create an environment in which visual arts will flourish and enhance the quality of life at The College of William & Mary. It includes artwork created by students, faculty, and alumni.

  • Statue of Lord Botetourt
    Location: Ground Floor

    The Botetourt Gallery hosts the original statue of Norborne Berkeley, Baron de Botetourt, Governor-General of Virginia as well as sculptures by Carl Roseberg.

  • Rector's badge
    Location: Special Collections Lobby

    When not in use for university functions such as Commencement, William & Mary regalia makes its home in Swem Library.

  • Roseberg spiral sculpture
    Location: Throughout Swem Library

    The sculptures of Carl Roseberg, as well as some paintings, are on display throughout Swem Library.

  • Warren Burger's Office
    Location: Special Collections Lobby

    Special Collections is home to the papers of the late Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United States.